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children_safari Little boy on the radio to the lodge.
It made his day to order his lunch on the radio.
childrens_nature_walks Boys out with their guide and tracker.
Checking out dung and footprints!
game_drives_safari The whole family on a game drive.
Watching the elephant move towards the waterways.

Family safari in Botswana

Botswana is without doubt one of the most superior safari destinations in Africa for a family holiday. The excellent accommodation in luxurious lodges and tented camps are expertly hosted to ensure the best comfort and safari experience for their guests.

Botswana has some unique habitats that create superb wildlife settings that will not fail to enchant visitors both young and old. One very famous feature of Botswana is that it is home to the World’s largest inland delta – the Okavango. This totally unspoilt wildlife area is created annually by the rains of the Angolan highlands swelling the tributaries of the Okavango River until, having no outlet into the sea, a massive area of the Kalahari Desert, around 15,000 square kilometres is totally flooded. The once arid landscape is now a verdant blue green wetland bursting with game and hundreds of species of birds all revelling in the bounty of water.

North of the delta lie the Makgadikgadi Pans - a vast salt flat, one of the largest in the World, which was once a lake fed by the river. Millions of years ago geological movements altered the river course and water eventually stopped flowing into the lake. It is a harsh landscape of shimmering salt crystals and seemingly unable to support life. However, with well established rains filling water holes the pans become an undulating pink sea of flamingos that come to feed on the algae in their thousands.

In the Okavango Delta there are luxury tented camps and lodges that offer interaction with resident elephant herds, although the elephants do take an annual holiday themselves so it is best to be prepared to be flexible with your own holiday dates if you want to experience these animals “up close and personal”. The elephant interaction is very much based around education and is a fantastic way to spend one day of your safari time here.

Dependent on water levels and where you are in the delta you and your family can glide in a mokoro expertly paddled by your guide, through the reed filled channels gorged with vegetation and wild life. Game drives in 4 x 4 in open vehicles and guided nature walks can give you yet further perspectives on the wildlife although certain age restrictions on children may apply in certain camps and locations. It may be a condition that a private vehicle is secured for the duration of your stay but this is very positive in that you would have more space, flexibility and freedom during your game viewing activities to spend as long or as little time as you wished at any one location.

The luxury safari camps and lodges have spacious well appointed guest bedrooms with en-suite facilities; delicious meals lovingly prepared by chefs to be eaten outside on the lamp lit decking in the African night. With accommodation usually on a fully inclusive basis – all meals, local drinks, game viewing and laundry – families can relax and know their budget from day one without any surprises on check out.

Several camps have large family rooms, Chitabe Lediba, Savuti and Vumbura Plains for example, however, as you would expect demand is quite high for this type of facility and it may seem over cautious to book very early but this is recommended due to avoid any disappointment. Due to the cosy size of these properties they are very much in demand.

Botswana is well connected by a short scheduled flight from Johannesburg and on arrival in Maun you are met by a plethora of small light aircraft waiting to transfer you to the camp airstrips. If you have perhaps spent a night in Johannesburg after your long international flight, this onward journey is not too arduous for children.

An itinerary that includes a safari in Botswana combined with a few days in Cape Town, Johannesburg or perhaps a visit to the majestic Victoria Falls can work very well.

Travelling with children – particularly young children – may not always be feasible to certain destinations due to the medical considerations or restrictions concerning game activities. Please ensure that any planning discussions are realistic because the trip needs to work on all levels to be the African safari that you have always imagined it to be. It may be that an alternative can be suggested that you had not known existed.

Botswana is definitely a winner and a top class wildlife lover’s destination.

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